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Sexual assault victims are waiting up to 14 months for counselling as specialist support services struggle to cope with "unprecedented demand", MPs have warned.A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Sexual Violence said specific support services for victims could cease to exist completely due to lack of funding…
A move to legalise cannabis by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb has been blocked by MPs.Mr Lamb (North Norfolk) brought a 10 Minute Rule Bill on the issue because he said current laws are "cruel and inhuman" and "hand billions of pounds every year to organised crime".But his Cannabis (Legalisation…
A member of the Windrush Generation forced to pay for cancer treatment has lost a High Court challenge against a key part of the Government's "hostile environment" immigration policy.The man, identified only as MP, is in his late fifties and suffers from a form of incurable blood cancer which had…
A new payment to help cover the costs of having children has been introduced in Scotland.Families on low incomes can now apply for the Best Start Grant, with applications opening on Monday.It replaces the Sure Start Maternity Grant, which made a one-off payment of £500.The grant will mean that eligible…
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has been urged to help hard-up families by increasing child benefit payments by £5 a week as part of his budget.Children’s charities, academics, trade unions and religious leaders are among those who have banded together to make the plea ahead of Mr Mackay (pictured) setting out…
The UK Government will not allow Holyrood ministers to pay £65 settled status fees for European citizens who are working in Scotland’s public services, Nicola Sturgeon has said.The First Minister has already promised her government would pick up the cost for NHS staff and other public-sector workers who have come…
The boss of a taxpayer-supported business that supplies cars to people with disabilities is to step down by May 2020 following controversy over his pay package.Motability Operations chief executive Mike Betts (pictured) was in line for a £2.2 million bonus, the Government spending watchdog said.An inquiry into Motability by the…
The boss of a taxpayer-supported business that supplies cars to disabled people is in line for a £2.2 million bonus, the Government spending watchdog has revealed.An inquiry into Motability by the National Audit Office (NAO) also found that customers were charged £390 million "more than was required" since 2008.The scheme,…
Mark Drakeford has been named as the new leader of Welsh Labour and is set to become the next first minister of Wales.Wales's Finance Secretary, 64, beat contenders Vaughan Gething and Eluned Morgan following a leadership election to succeed Carwyn Jones.Mr Drakeford won 53.9% of the vote when the result…
The Health Secretary has committed to adding day-to-day assessments of staff needs into new legislation aimed at ensuring safe numbers of healthcare workers.Holyrood unanimously passed the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill at the first stage on Thursday, with cross-party support.The legislation was put forward following concerns about staffing levels…
Proposed new legislation to enshrine safe levels of health and care staff in law is expected to pass its first hurdle at Holyrood later.The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill was put forward following concerns about staffing levels and workforce planning in the NHS and by care providers.If passed, the…
The Government will draw up new legislation to transform mental health care for patients in crisis and give them more control of their treatment.Following the publication of the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Government has vowed to reform the legislation with a new Mental Health Bill.The…
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